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Etalew̓txʷ | ÁTOL ÁUTW̱ | Centre of respect for the rights of one another and all beings

Xʷkʷənəŋistəl | W̱ȻENEṈISTEL | Helping to move each other forward

SIÁM SȽEȽWÁȽ NONET SWEꞢE,Ƚ (Highly Respected One's, Peace of Mind at Last) Blanket by Myrna Crossley (Songhees Nation)

Xʷkʷənəŋistəl | W̱ȻENEṈISTEL | Helping to move each other forward, UVic's Indigenous Plan 2023

Working in consultation with Indigenous Elders, Knowledge Keepers, students, staff, faculty and community members, Xʷkʷənəŋistəl | W̱ȻENEṈISTEL | Helping to move each other forward was shaped in tandem with Distinctly UVic, the institution’s new strategic plan. Both envision a future where ways of knowing, being and learning are embedded into UVic’s programs, systems and organizational structure. Local Indigenous languages and teachings are used instead of settler terminology as the foundation of these plans.

The SENĆOŦEN name of the Indigenous Plan was shared by J,SIṈTEN, Dr. John Elliott (Tsartlip First Nation) and translated into Lək̓ʷəŋən by Seniemten, Dr. Elmer George (Songhees Nation). For pronunciations, visit

The plan reinforces UVic’s commitment to implement responsibilities and calls to action from all levels of government in support of the rights and sovereignties of Indigenous Peoples, including the BC Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (DRIPA Act).